Saturday, August 4, 2018

New app - Planimeter 55. Measure area, perimeter and distance on your iPhone and iPad.




Measure distance, perimeter and area on a map. Add stand alone points to understand better what is where on a map. Share and export your projects.

Planimeter app will be useful for measuring construction sites, roofs, lawns, fences, paving, pools, parking lots, fields and paths. Or even for just putting stand alone points on a map.

Where this planimeter app stands out?

- Precise control of the planned/measured area. As you move a map, the app will show you what area/distance is going to be and what would be the size of adjacent lines. Even before you add a new point.

- Native Google maps support adds extra zoom-in ability for satellite and hybrid maps.

- Every point can have its own color and have text, audio and image attached.

- You can move point directly on a main map screen (tap on a point and pick Move option) or in the dedicated point editor screen. Again, before you confirm the move you know perfectly what the resulting area/perimeter/distance will be.

- You can hide/show shapes and point collections. This way you can focus only on what is important for the current project.

- Flexible units of measurement allow you to configure when display of feet or meters changes to miles and kilometers. Same for area units.

- Custom url, offline and import maps. Apple maps and Google maps are built into the app. And then, you can add other maps. The app supports adding custom url maps, downloading offline maps or importing maps (mbtiles, sqlitedb) that you might have crafted on your PC or Mac.

- Kmz export and import option allows to transfer shapes and point collections in their entirety, including images and audio notes. This allows you to continue working on your project on different devices.

Basic version allows you to create unlimited number of points and temporary measurement shapes (areas or routes), so you can measure with no limits. To add a new shape to measure, you just discard the previous one.

Pro pack upgrade adds:

- Google and custom url, offline, imported maps support. Google maps adds extra zoom ability for satellite and hybrid maps.
- Ability to save multiple point collections/shapes.
- Import and export for a single point and whole shapes/collections.
- Saving and sharing a map snapshot, the one that shows only the objects that you created on a map - buttons and tools removed.

Pro Pack upgrade is a one off upgrade, no subscription or recurring charges are involved.

Wishing your happy measuring with Planimeter 55 app!


Documentation site   

Download for FREE in the AppStore

Video overview:

Friday, May 18, 2018

Compass 55. Version 1.9 - What's new?

Units of measurement - REWORK

    All places in the app where units of measurements would not be shown have been adjusted to show them. Same applies to degrees or mils in compass/course.

    You can now set when feet or meters should switch to miles (or nautical miles) and kilometers:

    By default, everything stays as it used to be. BUT, you have a lot of new options now! If you are like John who wrote me "Stan, I need to keep the app measuring/tracking in feet as this is what I'm using for everything on my farm and I don't want it to be switching to miles" - then these new options are for you.

    Also feet or meters can now be used for altitude totally independently on other units.

    These new settings can be access via settings > "Units of measurement".

    Option for showing whole current track on the main map


    Whole currently being recorded (ACTIVE) track can be shown on the main map (Google, Apple, blank and offline). As always, you can "pin" any previously recorded track to the main map (light blue), while active track will be shown in red:


    I even took the liberty to set this as ON by default. If you want to disable this active track "tail", please open common map settings and you'll find new options down to the bottom:

    New to version 1.9 is also ability to hide the "tail" completely.

    "Photo GPX" track export option


    This was initiated by David from UK and grand thanks to him for providing the requirements and also testing in Lightroom. David also kindly put a document together to describe how it all works in practice:


    "Photo GPX" export options ensures that you'll have a time/location sample per each second in the output GPX. Why it would not happen by itself? Imagine GPS would not be available for some time, and the app as well optimizes the track recording by filtering out some points to keep the track size smaller (Can be configured in Advanced Settings > GPS Tracking > Optimize recording).

    You can find this option between current track export options: 





    Support for areas - Planimeter


    Idea with areas was to be able to setup "don't enter" or "don't leave" areas or flight altitude corridor areas, but then I decided to add fully-fledged planimeter functions and get to areas alerts later:


    More information:


    Improvements in route/waypoint navigation


    Based on Michel's suggestions.

    1. Search bar in the waypoints list is visible by default.

    2. SET TARGET menu now has one more option - to pick a nearby waypoint to navigate to:

    Previously it was only Recent - by default.

    3. MENU > WAYPOINTS now contains a sub option to open nearby waypoints:

    Michel had way more suggestions to help him navigate as a helicopter pilot. Adding these 3 now and will focus on map related features in the next version.

    Credit and huge thanks go to Michel!


    Miscellany

    • Performance of viewing and exporting huge tracks is greatly improved.


    This is it for version 1.9, I'm back to adding new features for the next version! If you like the app and would not mind supporting it, please review or rate the app. As easy as tapping here and leaving me a few words! Yours, Stan, the dev.


    More information for version 1.9


    Here is an overview of planned features for version 2.0:

    - Distance measurement for turn by turn routes (car, bike, walk profiles)
    - Voice navigation along the track (alert when more that X meters/feet away from the pinned track)
    - Automatically skip to the next target along the route if missed the previous/current target
    - Datums
    - Magnetic variation data for any coordinate
    - Vertical speed
    - GPS diagnostics panel/chart


    Sunday, February 4, 2018

    Taxi Cab meter app for iPhone and iPad - Square Point of Sale integration is now available!

    Version 1.7 adds Square Point Of Sale integration which adds ability to take credit card payments (in U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and Japan) and print receipts via supported by Square mobile printers (in English, Spanish, French and Japanese).

    Use "Payment-Square" button on receipt screen to switch to Square app:


    By tapping on "Payment-Square", given you have Square Point Of Sale installed, you'll be transferred to it with receipt data from Taximeter. Currently following information is being transferred to Square app:
    • Total to pay, including currency
    • Note from the receipt
    • Tip or discount information from the receipt
    Taximeter also assumes that you have setup Square with appropriate and available to you tender types. This is in the "Advanced" settings, down to the bottom:

    Square app returns quite meaningful errors back if something is wrong and taximeter offers you to open Settings in response to adjust them and retry. To avoid errors ensure that:
    • Square app installed and you are logged into it
    • Square app (your account) is configured to accept currency that is default for your iPhone (based on regional settings). You can see this currency in the Advanced settings (image above).
    • Tender types you have setup in the taximeter (Cash+Card by default) correspond by tender type accepted for you by Square. E.g. if you setup Card in taximeter and Square doesn't support card payments for your account, you'll get an error.
    Tapping on "Payment-Square" will transfer you to Square app where you can take/register the payment and print the receipt using mobile printers that Square app supports (Star Micronics (SM) bluetooth printers).

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Taximeter for iPhone - Square Point Of Sale app integration is in beta now

    Version 1.7 of the taximeter app will feature Square Point Of Sale app integration which adds ability to take credit card payments and print receipts via supported by Square mobile printers.

    Apple has approved the beta version and here is information for beta testers:

    Use "Payment-Square" button on receipt screen to switch to Square app:


    By tapping on "Payment-Square", given you have Square Point Of Sale installed, you'll be transferred to it with receipt data from Taximeter. Currently following information is being transferred to Square app:
    • Total to pay, including currency
    • Note from the receipt
    • Tip or discount information from the receipt
    Taximeter also assumes that you have setup Square with appropriate and available to you tender types. This is in the "Advanced" settings, down to the bottom:

    Square app returns quite meaningful errors back if something is wrong and taximeter offers you to open Settings in response to adjust them and retry. To avoid errors ensure that:
    • Square app installed and you are logged into it
    • Square app (your account) is configured to accept currency that is default for your iPhone (based on regional settings). You can see this currency in the Advanced settings (image above).
    • Tender types you have setup in the taximeter (Cash+Card by default) correspond by tender type accepted for you by Square. E.g. if you setup Card in taximeter and Square doesn't support card payments for your account, you'll get an error.
    Tapping on "Payment-Square" will transfer you to Square app where you can take/register the payment and print the receipt using mobile printers that Square app supports (Star Micronics (SM) bluetooth MFI printers).


    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Taxi/fare meter for iPhone/iPad - version 1.6 is here!

    More options for fare/tariff


    Fare editor screen has been reworked (and yes, it is now Fare, not Tariff - thank you Zach!):


    New options added:

    • Include minimum mileage in the Entry/Base fare (previously only minimum fare may have included min mileage).
    • Handling time before the minimum mileage provided by base/entry or minimum fare has been reached is moved from "Advanced settings" to a fare editor. Now each of your fares can define its own rules for handling the entry/base or minimum fare. Rules in the "Advanced settings" stay as a default for creating new fares or for these where you have not explicitly expressed your preference.

    For each of the screens I touched I tried to change it in a way so it "tells its story". Screen above describes you how time and entry/base/min fare is handled in plain English (I hope:)).

    Separate screen for fare time rules + new options


    Here is the new screen for setting time handling rules:

    New to time handling in version 1.6 is ability to setup some "waiting time at trip start". Idea here is that you come to the pickup address, start the trip and if you have 5 minutes waiting time in your starting fare, the app will start the count down from 5 minutes down to zero without touching the meter. When waiting time is exceeded, time charge is added per the fare rules. This whole thing is totally optional.

    Separate screen for min/entry rules + new options


    New as well is a "Fare rules" screen. Here you can define what minimum or entry/base fare includes (if anything) and how to handle time fare before the minimum mileage included in the base/entry/min fare has been reached:

    Top row allows you to pick from following options:
    • Minimum fare includes extras and fare up to its own value
    • Entry/Base fare includes limited mileage (new in 1.6)
    • Minimum fare includes limited mileage
    Then you set the mileage included and rules for handling time until this included mileage has not been reached:
    • Hide until min mileage is reached. Add to meter on reaching it.
    • Add time fare to meter instantly regardless of reaching the min mileage.
    • Deduct the equivalent value of min mileage left.
    • Until min mileage is reached throw the time charge away
    For "throw the time charge away" time handling option you can set the max time you allow to waive away.

    Fares list/picker has also been improved to tell a better "story" (I hope) for each fare line:

    Library of fares to grab pre-canned fares from


    If you read this page on your iPhone/iPad you can just visit library and add fares to the app with one tapYou may need to adjust fare values as these vary per country/town and change over time. What library tries to achieve is to describe different scenarios of mileage/time handling and make them installable with one tap.

    Library is work in progress and always going to be I guess. If you want to have your fare added here, please use "action" button in the fare editor screen and pick "send fare to Stan to include into library". I'll review the fare, may ask you for the country/town where the fare applies and add it to this page, so you and your colleagues will be able to add this fare to the app with one tap. Can also be used as a fare "backup" mechanism.

    Share fare by email


    Use action button in the fare editor screen to send fare by email to your colleague, yourself for backup or there is an option to send fare to the app author (me) for inclusion to the library of fares. 

    Changes in receipt


    Breakdown receipt has been changed a bit to include a row on a minimum fare:

    Changes:

    #1 - "First X mi/km" now shows "Included in min. fare" or "Included in entry fare" if there is some mileage included in these.
    #2 - If min.fare was used, a row added to show what the minimum fare was.
    #3 - All notes on fare are now placed into the single "fare notes" row - can be hidden, if needed.

    Tip or discount in simple receipt


    Now tip/discount can show on the simple receipt as well. Use Total button (while trip is running) to change the trip total and thus the tip/discount. Name used Tip/Discount - is customisable in advanced settings.


    Advanced Settings > Hide leading zeros in fare, custom text for 'received with thanks'


    Setting "Show leading zeroes" to NO in advanced settings will stop the app from showing leading zeroes in front of total fare:


    Here is an example of how big fare numbers can get with this:

    One more thing requested from Australia was ability to either change or hide the "RECEIVED WITH THANKS" text on a receipt. This is now possible in the Advanced Settings:

    Keep it empty if you want to remove this section from a receipt.


    I hope you'll like the changes! 
    Yours, Stan.

    iPhone/iPad speedometer version 1.8.2 is here!


    Optimized for iPhone X (FREE+PRO)


    All 100+ screens in the app have been reviewed and adjusted where needed to support iPhone X screen specifics. Some layout decisions are subject to review in the future and re-iterate on.

    What I'm missing most on iPhone X is status bar time and battery indicators in landscape. Should I add "always on" battery and time indicator to the app's landscape mode? Also upside down orientation is missing on iPhone X, I explain it by FaceID specifics - nothing can be done with it at the moment. I know that your ideas and suggestions will help with making right decisions here.

    Enough said for iPhone X! Let me continue with new features:


    🔔 New speed limit alert options (PRO)


    Screen for sound alert has been reworked:


    You can pick the sound as always, vibrate and screen flash option has moved to this screen. Totally new is an "Alert type" option, you can pick from:
    • Continuous (current default)
    • Single
    Continuous is doing what it says, as long as you are over the speed limit - it mercilessly shouts. This is the default and the only available option for the free version.
    Single will shout once per each speed limit violation, quite less bothering option than the default one.

    Last row in this screen is "General sound settings" - new to this version as well, lets take a look.


    🔈 New sound options (PRO)


    New to this version is "General sound settings" screen. I hope this screen can be really useful for either fine tuning alert and voice sound or troubleshooting possible car vs. iPhone sound issues. 


    New options include:

    • Play alert and messages via bluetooth hands free.
    • Route alert and sound to built in loud speaker when A2DP connection is active.
    • Reduce sound volume from other apps when alert or voice messages are playing.
    • Mute/unmute all sound output from the app.
    • Show mute/unmute button on main screen:

    Screen also shows current output device name and provides "play" button to test sound and voice alerts.

    💰 New cost/fuel options (PRO)


    Screen for cost and fuel settings has been reworked. You can still use it as a calculator between US MPG, Liters and UK (can't say UK MPG anymore as it's a mix of miles, gallons, pence and litres:)). 

    Totally new in this version are:
    • 'Miles Per Liter' and 'Kilometers per Liter' fuel efficiency options.
    • Configurable currency symbol:
    • Optional driving range monitoring:

    This driving range monitoring is something veteran car owners and broken dashboard car owners have been asking for quite some time. Please use with understanding that accuracy of this feature is totally dependent on how disciplined you are while tracking the distance. When automatic tracking comes, this will have more meaning as well.



    📈 Speed graph option for the GPS dash (PRO)


    iPhone X work interrupted the process of adding 0-X acceleration feature just when the speed graph part of it was ready. Instead of hiding this until final 0-X delivery I decided to provide it "as is". You can pick this dashboard from "Advanced Settings" > "GPS dashboard". Here is the look of it:


    🗻 Compass + altitude panel option for the iPod area (PRO)


    One of the requests from pilots was showing altitude instead of coordinates. This is now available as a new panel for the iPod area:


    Another requirement was to show altitude in either feet or meters independently on other settings in the app. This is possible by tapping below the "ALTITUDE" label and picking the unit.



    🗺 Return of a "map only" track view (PRO)


    I've got several comments after "map only" option was taken away in the previous version. Returning it back now with huge thanks for your feedback!



    💼 .kml import for waypoints and tracks (PRO)


    Supports both Geometry and gx tracks. Placemarks are extracted from .kml files as waypoints. Support for .kmz files will come in the future releases.

    Miscellany  (PRO + FREE)


    - (PRO+FREE) Tapping on a speed units switch on the main screen now shows a confirmation menu for speed units change - should avoid accidental units change/tickets.
    - (PRO) Tracks list has been reworked. Looks almost the same, though track and trips names should be now easier to see. Rework should facilitate showing tags and automatic tracking data in the future releases.
    - (PRO) You can make a URL waypoints collection a default and move waypoints to it from other collections, but this requires URL collection to have sync frequency as None/Manual - so your manually added waypoints are not overwritten during the next sync. This should support scenarios when you keep camera files on Dropbox, update it manually at times and then sync back (manually) to the app.
    - (PRO) Made "extras" in HUD/Full screen brighter. You can always adjust the overall brightness of HUD, so making these a bit dimmed was not the best idea from me.
    - (PRO) Made customization of speed limit and iPod areas more available by turning the "customization button" into standard blue buttons with a single tap to open the customization options.


    This is it for version 1.8.2 - January 2018. Hope you'll like the new additions! 

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Final touches for speedometer version 1.8.2

    Final touches while integrating translations and going through todos for small improvements.

    Changing altitude color in charts to orange based on Bob's request. Bob uses speedometer for data collection while chasing for EVs "engine ON" events in the low temperatures. Altitude changing grade is important for him, so starting with changing altitude color for something more legible and will wait for more input from Bob to see how to integrate the altitude change grade in the useful way.



    Version 1.8.2 has been in development for 3 months now and getting very close to the public release.

    You can read on what's new in version 1.8.3 here: https://sites.google.com/a/blocoware.com/speedohelp/home/v182

    Yours!
    Stan.